Winners of a 2021 Polk Award and a 2022 Edward R. Murrow Award

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We are committed to producing stories that expose injustice and abuse of power while training the next generation of journalists in the highest standards of our craft.

The Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism is a nonprofit newsroom and teaching institute led by four-time Pulitzer Prize winner David Barstow.

Through the IRP, Berkeley Journalism students gain real-world experience under expert guidance. Our professional staff of practicing investigative reporters and editors advise students as they conceive and execute on ambitious reporting projects. This student-centered approach has resulted in high-impact investigations for media outlets such as the Washington Post, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, The New York Times and PBS Frontline. Read our most recent stories here.

We are proud to be part of Berkeley Journalism’s efforts to expand who is given the opportunity to become a reporter. For the IRP, this means we are dedicated to making investigative reporting accessible to all Berkeley Journalism students as we actively work to diversify the profession.

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‘Dying Inside’: Chaos and cruelty in Louisiana juvenile

Meg Shutzer (‘20) and Rachel Mueller's (‘20) deeply reported investigation into the Ware Youth Center in Louisiana publishes on the front page of The New York Times

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Making churches more welcoming for members with dementia

Celeste Hamilton Dennis ('24) reports on a program to make church services more welcoming to members with dementia. ‘We don’t want them to think they’re forgotten.’

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A black and white photo of the Ware Youth Detention Facility from the road. It is surrounded by thick clusters of trees and is a white facility with a brick roof.

‘Dying Inside’: Chaos and cruelty in Louisiana juvenile

Meg Shutzer (‘20) and Rachel Mueller's (‘20) deeply reported investigation into the Ware Youth Center in Louisiana publishes on the front page of The New York Times

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Read Our Stories

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After police killings, families are kept in the dark and grilled for information

Brian Howey ('23) reports on how police officers are trained to grill family members after police shootings. This story was Brian's investigation in Prof. David Barstow's second year investigative reporting seminar.

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When Private Equity Takes Over a Nursing Home

Yasmin Rafiei, the IRP's reporter-in-residence, reports on the devastating decline in residents’ care and increase in deaths after the acquisition of St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged.

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The Black Box: Colleges spend thousands on AI to prevent suicides and shootings. Evidence that it works is scant.

The second installment of Ari Sen (22) and Dereka Bennett's (22) investigation into how colleges use AI to monitor students published by The Dallas Morning News

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Meet Our People

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David Barstow

Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism

David Barstow leads the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He is a former senior writer at The New York Times and the first reporter to ever win four Pulitzer Prizes.

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Staff

Bernice Yeung
Managing Editor

Christine Schiavo
Local News Editor

Garrett Therolf
Reporter

Gisela Pérez de Acha
Reporter

Kathryn Hurd
Reporter

Daniel Lempres
Reporter

Katey Rusch
Reporter

Yasmin Rafiei
Reporter in Residence

Aysha Pettigrew
Director of Operations

Lowell Bergman
Founder

 

Student Reporters

updated list forthcoming

Our Partners

Our Funders

We receive major support from these foundations

The IRP was founded with a gift from Reva and David Logan, which created an endowed faculty position, the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism. The IRP offices are sponsored by a generous gift from the Heising-Simons Foundation to the University of California, which allowed the university to purchase a building for the IRP and The Daily Californian.

Individual donors also provide major program support and have long been the base of our funding.

If you are interested in supporting the IRP, donations can be given to specific programs or general operations.

The Logan Symposium brings together a Who’s Who of top investigative journalists to address the critical issues confronting the field. The event also convenes newsroom leaders, as well as media attorneys, academics, major foundations and philanthropists who support journalism in the public interest. Hosted by Berkeley Journalism’s Investigative Reporting Program since 2007, this intimate gathering is held in honor of Reva and David Logan, whose generosity helped establish the IRP. The Logan Symposium is an invitation-only event. If you'd like to attend, please reach out to the Investigative Reporting Program directly.

The Logan Symposium

Open Source Investigative Reporting

Open Source Investigations

The Investigative Reporting Program has partnered with Berkeley Law's Human Rights Center to develop and pilot the nation’s first open source investigative reporting class at a university. We've been refining, experimenting and mastering how to teach what has never been taught – the art and science of integrating cutting-edge OSINT techniques into traditional shoe-leather investigative reporting for all mediums.

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Investigative Reporting Program
Graduate School of Journalism
2481 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709
Phone: (510) 643-1386
Email: ucberkeleyirp@berkeley.edu

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